I really adore staying in smaller unique places, especially when you are in more remote corners of the earth. They feel more genuine and all have quirks and charm that you never have with some massive chain hotel. I have already written about my top two favorite guest houses on the Island of Palawan (you can read about them here and here) but we stayed in so many great places that I just have to tell you about a few more.
When we decided late in 2016 that we would spend the first four-months of 2017 in Southeast Asia we immediately started putting together our must see list. Right at the top of mine was heading to central Vietnam to visit some of the largest caves in the World.
The Philippines, but specifically Palawan, was easily one of my favorite destinations in our travels of spring 2017. Its natural beauty and warm welcoming people made it a truly special place to visit. Palawan is gorgeous, green and lush with gorgeous beaches and incredible opportunities for snorkeling and exploring. While not nearly as developed as other parts of Asia, it is quickly changing so if you want to discover a paradise that is not covered in giant and expensive all inclusive resorts, go now. We spent a month on this gorgeous island and we stayed in some of my favorite guest houses ever.
Before we left on our trip to Southeast Asia, we became slightly obsessed on deciding exactly what we should budget for the trip. We read many blogs and quizzed our friends who had done similar trips. We could not afford to travel extravagantly, but are also too old and too soft to travel like true back packers; there certainly would be no hostels or shared rooms for us.